Sunday, September 30, 2012

Vintage Jars & Egg Baskets


The last thing I needed on my junk hunting list was canning jars. Or, so I thought. I have boxes of my own, my Moms, my Aunts, and my Grandmothers. Why in the world would I even look at another box of jars? Because the jar in the above photo was sitting on top!!!!!!

Yes, I have lots of "real" jars for my own canning. . . . I have few beauties like this one--a Kerr Self Sealing Mason--thick blown glass--raised lettering. . . .I have no idea how old it is. . . .Maybe one of you could tell me. . . .I just know I loved it. . . .


As I dug down into this "Box of Jars For Sale" at a local flea market, I also found a little half pint Atlas jar and. . . .


several more oldies. . . .There were quite a few of the waffle-like design. . . .So, I totally ignored John when he asked why I wanted ANOTHER box of jars. . . .After all, if we're planning a big garden next year, we need plenty of jars, don't we?. . . . I didn't bother to tell him I'd never actually USE these jars for canning. . . . But, I did know how I WOULD use them. . . .


I'd spotted the old egg basket when we first arrived but forced myself to walk on by without checking the price. I figured it was pretty pricey. . . .Now, with my vintage jar buy (which was a steal, by the way), I went back to check on the egg basket. . . .I couldn't believe my eyes. . . . .$15?????. . . .I stood there, trying to stay composed, when the gentleman told me if I was interested, he'd let me have it for $12!!!!!!!. . . .Before I could say "Sold", he asked if I was interested in two? . . . . He could give me a good price for both. . . .$20!!!!!!!!
Well, you know what I did. . . .Those baskets were in my possession and a $20 bill was in his hand before he could change his mind. . . .or his wife returned. . . .or both. . . .I figured a woman would know the value of my find. . . .

I brought my "steals" for the day home, cleaned them up, and put them in the farmhouse kitchen--one basket filled with a few of the vintage jars. . . .

one basket filled with my blue jar collection. . . . .

and two prize jars for a kitchen counter vignette. . . .

What a fantastic day. . . .

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38 comments:

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

I don't can so my jars are just for looks. Love your jar vignettes!

Cindy@OldTimePickers said...

LOL!!! I have boxes of jars, too. Some are for canning, but so many others are 'just because'. I've been considering pulling them all out and using them as storage for some craft supplies. I love your idea with the baskets and you got a deal! Thanks for joining the party...appreciate you!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

I was just looking at my vintage jars this morning. I only have 3 really nice ones and 2 zinc lids.
I use one that is an odd shape...not round it is sort of square with the corners lopped off...so that would make Octogon shaped...anyway. I keep sugar in one.Brown sugar in the other. I was thinking this morning...that one looks like an old honey jar. It is discolored on the inside...any suggestions on how to get that cloudy stuff out of it?
Anway...am thinking of keep straws in it. Since it doesn't have a lid...

I love all your jars!
I've not heard of this party...so I'm hopping on over there.

...take care.... Pat

Sharing Shadymont said...

OH My! What fabulous finds! I just love jars, and egg baskets too. Swoon!!!!!!!!! You did have a wonderful day!

The Boston Lady said...

I love the way you displayed the jars in the wire basket! I collect the blue ball jars and just can't pass them by if they are of a "certain" price. Ann

camp and cottage living said...

I love the old jars too! I have a dozen with zinc lids that I use for spices.
Great deal for your egg baskets!

A Primitive Place ~ Tammy said...

I love old jars!
One can never get enough.
Hugs,
Tam

Junkchiccottage said...

What a great find and deal on the baskets. The basket looks great with all your vintage jars.
Kris

cynthia lee designs said...

Wow...you got a great deal on the wire baskets!! Love all the jars...I have several of the blue jars and I'm always looking for more.
~Cindy

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

What great finds! and they look so nice together!

Anne Boykin said...

What fantastic finds! I always am thrilled when I can find something and know right away how I'm going to display it. I love your style.

Debra said...

I love those waffle design jars....

EG CameraGirl said...

A super decorating idea!

steakandeggs said...

You know what they say "One man's trash is another man's treasure. Great find on the treasures.

Florida Farm Girl said...

That was a good deal! Hmmm...I know I've got one or two of the blue jars, but wonder where they are??? Gotta go searching.

craftyles said...

The jars look wonderful in the egg basket. What a steal on those. I also love your aqua jars.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

A girl can never have too many pretty jars. I love how you've displayed them in one of your fabulous egg baskets. I also found several canning jars this past weekend...love them!!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

Love that basket of jars...such a great find!

AshTreeCottage said...

Your jars and baskets are so wonderful! We can't ever have enough of those lovely vintage jars can we?

Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Such great finds, love the baskets with their added jars. Great shopping.
Joy

Ruby and Arthur said...

I have a couple baskets like these and have been wondering what to display in them! Thanks for the ideas, Jean

Lisa/Fresh Eggs Daily Farm Girl said...

So pretty! I love vintage jars. I hope I can persuade you to come share at my Blog Fest: http://fresh-eggs-daily.blogspot.com/2012/09/farm-girl-friday-blog-fest-2.html

Little Susie Home Maker said...

Yippie!! Wow what wonderful jars! Of course you needed them! I have never seen a waffle canning jar, it is so pretty! I am thrilled you got the two egg baskets, too! They look perfect in your kitchen with the canning jars! I love your vignette! It is perfectly farmhouse!
Blessings,
Susie

Antiques And Teacups said...

That's a great collection of vintage jars and I love your vignettes! Lots of fun things you can do with them.
Ruth

TracyMB @ Crows Feet Chic said...

What beautiful old jars and I love how you've displayed them! Very cool photo editing too. :)

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Oh, I love your jars! They are wonderful and so is the egg basket. Love your photos. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.

Blessings,
Sandi

Amy Kinser said...

I love jars also. The waffle style jar is great. I use them for canning as well, but love them for storage and for pretty. Your egg baskets are great.

Wonderful vignettes..

Penny Phillips said...

I love old jars too, and you found some great ones! Hugs, Penny

Frankie Ann said...

I love jars! I have quite a collection of blue jars with zinc lids. My mother-in-law found a box of old jars in her basement and gave them all to me. The best jar in the box was a jar that goes to a butter churn! I use all my jars for canning and display in my pantry.

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

Beautiful vintage jars with the raised letters and the waffle weave!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

great finds! who could resist that wonderful old glass??

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Lucky you! Your jars look right at home filling up the egg baskets in style.

Nook and Cranny said...

Who doesn't love an old canning jar..
I love, love the egg basket, wish I could find one of those.
Thanks for sharing.
Michele

Jeannie-JB said...

Love your canning jars {especially the blue ones - I'm always looking for those little puppies} and the wire baskets. Great finds! Found you at 'My Romantic Home' linky party.

Chenille Cottage said...

What a wonderful post, my friend! I just love all your farmhouse canning jars and they add such a touch of vintage charm in your home. I find myself hoarding jars...canning, sauerkraut jars, pickle jars...You name it!
Thanks for sharing!
Blessings,
Carolynn

Jody and Stan said...

Thank you so much for sharing your vintage jars on Simple & Sweet Fridays. I love how you've displayed them in the old egg baskets and your blue jar collection is beautiful.

Jody

Dorothy said...

Love the beautiful blue jars, lovely!
Dorothy

The Other Me Is Sane said...

Love your new jars and the way you put them in the wire basket. I need to decorate above my kitchen cabinets and can't wait to try this.

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